Are you ready to become one of the hottest and coolest operators in the field of Engineering?
Develop specialist skills in Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning (HVAC) and you'll open the door to a range of employment opportunities in this essential field, which is key to ensuring air quality for healthy and comfortable living.
Be guided by our skilled team of lecturers who are experienced industry professionals as you are trained in designing and implementing today's computer controlled HVAC systems for residential and commercial settings, using thermodynamics principles. Gain key knowledge of psychrometric processes such as sensible heating, sensible cooling, humidification and de-humidification. You'll learn the importance of energy management as well as building information modelling and producing engineering drawings.
A career in HVAC offers job diversity visiting various sites, as well as job consistency all year round no matter the weather, with a constant need for the cooling and heating of the spaces we live, work and play in.
Turn up the heat on your career, get the credentials to be a 'fixer' of the air we breathe and further advance your engineering skills to a supervisory level. You'll gain a nationally recognised qualification to prepare you for work in this specialised field and be job ready for roles such as Mechanical Design Engineer, HVAC Engineering Associate or Project Manager.
Specialist facilities on campus
South Metropolitan TAFE's refrigeration and air conditioning facility is Western Australia's premier centre for refrigeration, air conditioning, and associated studies. The purpose-built facility is among the best in the southern hemisphere.
For those already working in industry, you may be eligible for Recognition of Prior Learning. To find out if you're eligible, visit the RPL page.
- design and implement HVAC systems
- incorporate thermodynamics principles
- psychrometric processes
- energy management principles
- building information models
- produce engineering drawings
- workplace health and safety
This course is FREE from 1 January 2023. The course fees are 100 per cent subsidised by the WA State Government for WA residents.
Some eligibility conditions apply for the free training, and other fees may apply for some courses. Please see the FAQs on our Skills Ready page for further information.
This course is a VET Student Loan eligible course. A VET Student Loan creates a debt that must be repaid to the Commonwealth and is only available to students who are eligible.
To find out if you are eligible or to see the list of eligible courses visit our Student Loans page.
|School Leaver||Non-School Leaver||AQF|
|Completion of WACE General or ATAR (Minimum C Grades) or equivalent||Completion of WACE General or ATAR or equivalent (minimum C Grades)||Certificate III|
Attendance in class
This course is run over 12 months.
As well as the in-class component, you will need to complete approximately 8 hours of additional study each week outside of class hours, including private study, assignment preparation, and research.
You will need to have the basic technical requirements as well as a computer capable of running CAD and REVIT for at-home study. If you don’t have access to the technical requirements at home, we recommend using our library computers during library hours.
This qualification is AQF5 level so will require work placement.
What you need for your first day of class
On your first day you should bring your SM TAFE confirmation enrolment receipt, your student ID and stationery (pen, exercise book & scientific calculator).
In addition, the following uniform is required to be worn at all classes:
- closed in leather shoes
- long pants
- collared shirt for lab work
Please note this list should be used as a guide only as job titles and qualification requirements may vary between organisations.
To access free career planning and job search assistance, visit the Jobs and Skills Centres page.
Become a specialist in your field with university study
The information about university credit points and tuition costs provides a general guide only. SM TAFE recommends students discuss credit points with the university or college of their choice at the time of graduation.